A Ghostwriter You Say…Interesting – By Clay Millican, NHRA Top Fuel Driver


ghostwriter is a person who is hired to author books, manuscripts, screenplays, speeches, articles, blog posts, stories, reports, whitepapers, or other texts that are officially credited to another person.

Some of the best selling books are ghostwritten. A good example is Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. Though a glance at the books cover might lead you to believe that the novelization of the video game was written by Tom Clancy, a closer look will reveal that it was written by “David Michaels,” who doesn’t really exist. A guy named Richard Benson used the Michaels pseudonym for the first and second book in the Splinter Cell series, and after that another author was hired to use the same moniker.

By now it’s common knowledge that just because an artist performs a song, we can’t naturally assume they wrote it.

Even The Purple One himself, Prince who had hits to spare. In addition to writing his own multiplatinum hits, Prince has ghostwritten hits for Stephanie Mills, Sinead O’Connor, LaToya Jackson, and of course, Apollonia.

Even Barry Manilow has been a ghostwriter. If you ever wanted to know the face behind such classic commercial jingles as “Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There,” “Stuck on Band-Aid,” and McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today,” look no further than Barry Manilow. And get this, he only made $500 for the State Farm jingle, which is still used heavily today. Sadly, he didn’t get any residuals for it either, but we think he’s going to be okay. I am told Barry still performs many of the jingles he wrote at his shows.

There was even a television show called Ghostwriter. It is an American children’s mystery television series.

Here are some more ghostwriter tidbits for you.

“R E S P E C T” !!! Aretha Franklin song right ? Well yes and no.

Respect was written by Otis Redding.

Clay Millican Q1 001“Me and Bobby McGee” Janis Joplin song right ? Well again much like Aretha she made it famous but it was written by of all people Kris Kristoffpherson.

  So there you have it my blog on ghostwriters. I am always honored whenever WELD Racing asks me to do anything. I have done a variety of things for WELD over the years. I have done things like autograph sessions, wheel tests and photo shoots just to name a few. When I got the email asking me to do this I thought, well, that’s strange but hey, whatever WELD wants me to do I am all in. Well kind of anyway, and while I in fact did compose this blog it was truly Ghostwritten by Google.

One last thing.

Houston We Have A Problem!!! Or I should say WELD Racing We Have A Problem!!!

I just read WELD’s email again and it said GUEST WRITER !!! Oooops my Bad !!!


Clay “Ghostwriter” Millican